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Scientists discover E coli’s Achilles heel

 Researchers have identified E. coli’s Achilles heel – a molecule’s previously unknown role in fighting it off and other bacterial infections. The lethal bug continues to infiltrate and contaminate food supplies, causing sickness and death worldwide, defying determined global efforts to put it down. “We’ve found that a certain molecule, known as HVEM, expressed by the cells lining the surface ...

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Scientists create robot which registers human emotions

 In their quest for creating a human-like robot, scientists have edged closer to their goal — they have designed one that can display several human emotions – from fear, amazement, disgust to happiness. Roboticists from the University of Pisa, Italy, drawing on 30 years of research, built one that uses 32 motors in ‘her’ face to simulate different expressions, to ...

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‘India’s lunar mission found moon alive & kicking’

India’s maiden moon mission Chandrayaan-1 found the earth’s satellite alive and kicking, demolishing myths about it being bone dry and inactive for millions of years. “Contrary to belief and speculations about the origin, evolution of growth of moon based on past observations, voluminous data from Chandrayaan confirmed that it (moon) is alive and kicking, with a lot of tectonic activity,” ...

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‘India’s lunar mission found moon alive & kicking’

 India’s maiden moon mission Chandrayaan-1 found the earth’s satellite alive and kicking, demolishing myths about it being bone dry and inactive for millions of years. “Contrary to belief and speculations about the origin, evolution of growth of moon based on past observations, voluminous data from Chandrayaan confirmed that it (moon) is alive and kicking, with a lot of tectonic activity,” ...

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Northeast road-rail links snapped, situation worsens

Surface links between the northeastern states of Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram as also southern Assam and the rest of India have worsened since Sunday with massive landslides blocking a crucial national highway, and the rail services snapped three weeks ago yet to be restored, officials said. Tracks damaged three weeks ago by landslides caused by heavy rains are yet to ...

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I can hope and try, not predict: Saina Nehwal

Indian athletes are projected to win medals in a handful of disciplines at the London Olympics, but none is closer to the goal than iconic badminton star Saina Nehwal. Saina spoke to reporter on her Olympic chances with measured equanimity. “It is the highest level of the game and a dream for any sportsperson; I can only hope and try, ...

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Andhra court stays release of water to Krishna delta

The Andhra Pradesh High Court Monday directed the state government not to release water from Nagarjuna Sagar to Krishna delta if the water level in the reservoir is below 510 feet. The order means the government will have to stop release of water from the dam in Telangana to the downstream districts in coastal Andhra at a time when leaders ...

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Close encounter with aliens possible this century

 We have been hearing so much about aliens that a close encounter may well be possible this century, says a leading scientist urging governments to be prepared for the eventuality. Jocelyn Bell Burnell, physicist and Oxford University professor, told the Euroscience Open Forum conference in Dublin: “I do suspect we are going to get signs of life elsewhere, maybe even ...

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Air India to raise Rs.7,400 crore in three months

Cash-strapped national carrier Air India is expected to generate Rs.7,400 crore (over $1,640 million) by issuing government-backed non-convertible debentures (NCDs) within the next three months, an official said. The company has also started to scout for merchant bankers for the exercise, which is a part of the company’s financial restructuring plan (FRP). The union cabinet had approved the FRP along ...

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Barcelona in 60 million-euro deal for Neymar

Barcelona has reportedly won the race to sign Brazilian sensation Neymar by securing a 60 million-euro deal for the striker. The Catalan club is hopeful of bringing Neymar to the Camp Nou after the Olympic Games although it is unlikely he will move before the 2013-14 season. The 20-year-old is currently contracted with Brazilian club Santos until the 2014 World ...

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Debina my lady luck: Gurmeet Chowdhary

 Television actor Gurmeet Chowdhary has been earning rave reviews for his stint in dance reality show “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa” and credits actress-wife Debina Bannerjee for inspiring him to give his best. “Debina is my lady luck and my inspiration,” said Gurmeet and clarified that she attends his rehearsal sessions at his behest. “She is definitely there (at rehearsals and performances) ...

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My friend’s death saved me: Singer John

Singer Elton John credits his late friend for helping him overcome his drug addiction. The singer was a huge cocaine addict when his 18-year-old friend Ryan White died of AIDS in 1990. John, 65, admits that the teenager played a big part in inspiring him to overcome his addictions. In his forthcoming book, “Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss ...

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Pink readying for first tour after becoming mom

Pop star Pink is planning a tour for the first time since giving birth to daughter Willow last year. The “So What” hitmaker put her career on hold after becoming mother, but she recently stepped back into the spotlight with comeback single “Blow Me” that is scheduled for release in September this year. Now Pink is making plans for a ...

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Court slams Air India stand over sacked pilots

Slamming the Air India management for its stiff stand on the issue of reinstatement of 101 sacked pilots, the Delhi High Court Monday asked it to explain how long will it take to let the dismissed aviators rejoin duty. Justice Reva Khetrapal asked counsel Lalit Bhasin, appearing for Air India, to seek instructions from the management whether the committee constituted ...

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